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Hadley's Rebellion (1983)

PG | | Drama | October 1983 (USA)
A small town lad's passion for authentic wrestling is not matched by those around him at a California prep school.

Director:

Fred Walton

Writer:

Fred Walton
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Cast

Credited cast:
Griffin O'Neal ... Hadley Hickman
William Devane ... Coach Ball
Charles Durning ... Sam Crawford
Adam Baldwin ... Bobo McKenzie
Lisa Lucas Lisa Lucas ... Linda Johnson
Eric Boles Eric Boles ... Mr. Stevens
Dennis Hauge Dennis Hauge ... Joe Foster
Israel Juarbe Israel Juarbe ... Manuel Hernandez
Chad McQueen ... Rick Stanton
John Mengatti ... Bobby Clark
Dean R. Miller Dean R. Miller ... Bean
Tim Montgomery Tim Montgomery ... Spencer Hardaway
Ruth Phillips Ruth Phillips ... Nurse
Bart Williams Bart Williams ... Minister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank DiElsi Frank DiElsi ... Dorm Boy
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Storyline

Sent to an all-boys prep school in California, Hadley Americas Hickman (a championship level wrestler form Georgia) finds little in common with those around him. Classmates, calling him "Hick" (as both an abbreviation and a derogatory slur), don't even remotely share in his passion for wrestling. As Coach Ball and his not-so-renowned squad of grapplers find Hadley's superior antics on the mat (aimed to attract and educate spectators) both embarrassing and demeaning, Hadley discovers Sam Crawford - to Hadley's mind, the greatest wrestler who ever lived (and a personal hero to emulate) - living in the area; but, what should be a lasting bright spot in Hadley's otherwise bleak emotional existence does not last long. With personal safety threatened by classmates, a sudden love interest going just as suddenly sour, rejection from an idol, and a beating by a town thug, Hadley, used and abused and left adrift, embarks on the path to the California wrestling championships - with no one quite ... Written by statmanjeff

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Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Revolta de Hadley See more »

Filming Locations:

Claremont, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Hadley's Rebellion was filmed almost totally at the Webb Schools of California in Claremont. The scene of the English class in which Hadley (Griffin O'Neal) falls asleep, was a real classroom featuring Webb Schools' music teacher, Chris Trussell as the teacher. See more »

Quotes

Coach Ball: You know a lot, kid, but you don't know enough.
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A teenage wrestler struggles with growing up.
26 November 1999 | by garyred-2See all my reviews

This was a pretty good statement of teenage angst. A young and talented wrestler struggles with growing up and what's right. The teenage years are told through the medium of wrestling, a sport that is largely unrecognized and under-appreciated, according to this film. A few elements of the plot are typically hollywood (the washed up mentor who could have been a contender), but the performances are just strong enough to take you back to your own high school years and revisit all that was right, or wrong, with them.


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